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The Writer's Almanac

The Writer's Almanac®

with Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor recounts the historical highlights of each day and reads a short poem or two.

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Today's Show

Saturday's Poem: "In your next letter," by Carrie Shipers from Cause for Concern. Saturday's Literary Notes: Today is the birthday of true-crime writer William Roughead. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland (1870), Roughead was a lawyer who was so fascinated by murder cases he became an expert criminologist by researching and writing narrative accounts of the trials he witnessed at the High Court of Edinburgh. He published his first anthology, Twelve Scots Trials, in 1913. Although hard facts and meticulous reconstructions of evidence were the foundation of Roughead's tales, he was also known for pulpy, ironic prose, and he drew admiration from writers like Henry James and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had reserved a special shelf near at hand to the Oval Office just for his books. Read more...

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